'I could learn as much from a League One boss as Jose Mourinho' – Frank Lampard gives blunt assessment of Chelsea mentor | The SunOctober 13, 2022
FRANK LAMPARD has claimed he could learn the same amount from a League One manager as two-time Champions League winner Jose Mourinho.
The Everton boss has admitted football has moved on since Mourinho taught him the ways at Chelsea.
Lampard, 44, narrowly kept the Toffees up last season but has overseen an impressive start to the new campaign at Goodison.
And while the Blues legend was partly inspired to go into management by Mourinho, Lampard suggested some of the things he learnt under the Portuguese icon are now outdated.
Toffees gaffer Lampard played for Mourinho between 2004 and 2007, as well as the 2013-14 season.
Speaking to Mike Calvin's BT Sport podcast, Lamps revealed: "People ask me who were the managers that inspired you?
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"And as much as Jose Mourinho did, and I'll always answer that, it was 20 years ago, nearly.
"So for me to talk about an effect Jose Mourinho had on me 20 years ago is not necessarily relative to what's now."
Mourinho found success with his hard to beat approach, whereas in recent years the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have won trophies after shifting to a more attacking mentality.
But the now Roma boss is still proving himself as one of the best in the business, leading the Serie A side to Europa Conference League glory last season.
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While Lampard said Mourinho "changed" his career, he admitted listening to current League One managers would teach him as much as what Mourinho preached two decades ago.
He continued: "I can learn as much as I can, and this is no disrespect, I'll always say Jose because he changed my career.
"But I could learn as much by listening to a podcast of a manager working in Division One now as I can from some of that from 20 years ago.
"And it might be something that I agree with, I disagree with.
"I think somewhere in the middle of that, it just helps me a little bit in my job, and I love things like that so as long as I can keep learning I think I've got that chance."
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